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The grass in the foreground is Sclerodactylon macrostachyum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Sclerodactylon
Binomial name
Sclerodactylon macrostachyum
(Benth.) A.Camus
Type species
Sclerodactylon juncifolium

Sclerodactylon is a genus of plants in the grass family, native to eastern Africa and to various islands in the Indian Ocean.[2][3]


The only known species is Sclerodactylon macrostachyum, native to Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Aldabra, Seychelles, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.[1][4][5][6]

formerly included[1]

see Acrachne


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Stapf, Otto. 1911. Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information Kew 1911: 318-319 descriptions in Latin, commentary in English
  3. ^ Grassbase - The World Online Grass Flora
  4. ^ Bosser, J. (1969). Gramiées des pasturages et des cultures a Madagascar: 1-440. ORSTOM, Paris.
  5. ^ Fosberg, F.R. & Renvoize, S.A. (1980). The Flora of Aldabra and neighbouring islands: 1-358. Crown, London.
  6. ^ The Plant Lise search for Sclerodactylon